PSG have already gone after themselves and this is not the best news. By playing 120 minutes on Friday evening and a penalty shootout never easy mentally, Thomas Tuchel's men have already drawn on their reserves. It is now a question of recovering as best as possible in view of the last and real summer goal: the final tournament of the Champions League, which begins on August 12 with this long-awaited quarter-final against Atalanta Bergamo.
By winning against Lyon in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, a week after a victory in the Coupe de France, Paris has at least relieved itself of mental fatigue. It's no secret: we always recover faster with a taste for success, at least in the minds.
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Still, the physical are affected. After four months of stopping official competitions, starting with two cup finals, meetings by definition intense, it's unprecedented. Add to that the sweltering heat and you've got proven bodies after just 210 minutes of stakes.
For at least four members of the workforce, Friday night was a highlight: Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Icardi and Kurzawa. For the two Brazilian defenders, their exit from the field during the match was more preventive than worrying. Suffering from muscle pain, they received immediate treatment. “I think it was just cramps,” Tuchel confided on Friday evening.
Kurzawa's thigh worries the staff
The absence of concerns was confirmed this Saturday and the two Brazilians can turn to the preparation of the Champions League match. They should logically rest on Wednesday during the friendly match against Sochaux at the Parc des Princes.
The case of Mauro Icardi was not a source of panic for the Parisian staff either this Saturday. On the other hand, the injury to the thigh of Layvin Kurzawa, aligned to the position of right side against Lyon, is more worrying. He will also be missed by Sochaux. A more precise point will be made by the club in the coming days.
Among Thomas Tuchel's worries: Juan Bernat and his recalcitrant calf. “I really hope he will be there (Editor's note: against Sochaux) , loose the German coach. It's already too long. He has to come back. He is decisive and has the ability to find solutions. He's an extraordinary player. He still felt things yesterday (Thursday) . We search… "
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Even if there are ten days left for the Spanish side to prepare, a non-participation in this friendly meeting of the week would almost confirm his withdrawal for the quarter-final of the Champions League.
In Sochaux, the substitutes' ball
Finally, Kylian Mbappé continues his express recovery. "We are optimistic for him," says Ander Herrera. He can walk normally. He's professional and young, he really wants to play. He works every day, morning and evening, for this. The race against the clock therefore continues.
The extension against Lyon should somewhat modify the plans of the Parisian staff for Sochaux. Verratti or Neymar, who have played the full 120 minutes, should not follow suit. For Sarabia, Herrera, Diallo or Kehrer, the opportunity to warm up will be great.